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Dead Man's Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West

(InCryptid 0.04 - Stingers and Strangers)

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HOW THE WEST WAS WEIRD!   

From a kill-or-be-killed gunfight with a vampire to an encounter in a steampunk bordello, the weird western is a dark, gritty tale where the protagonist might be playing poker with a sorcerous deck of cards, or facing an alien on the streets of a dusty frontier town.

Here are twenty-three original tales—stories of the Old West infused witWEIRD! 
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Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Titan Books
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
With the exception of two or three stories which I didn't love as much as the rest, this is a great collection with a common theme: wild west.

Some have magic, others steam engines, and some have both; some have only one character in it with the exception of the thing they are fighting, others have battles; some are about the living, others are about the dead; some have only humans, others other creatures too; some are sad, some humorous. And this is only small part of it. I can keep
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Lea
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

A great introduction to the genre of Weird West! All of the stories started with interesting ideas -- some were more successful making a good story out of those ideas than others, but all were definitely worth a look. I didn't dislike any of these, although there were just a couple that didn't hold my interest. I did discover that -- for me -- a little Weird West goes a very long way. I think this genre works better in film for me. Nice collection -- recommend!
Sarah
May 01, 2016 marked it as to-read
I'm not marking this as read or giving it a rating yet because I've currently only read one short story from the anthology. I do intend to come back to it and read the rest at some point though so I'll update this review when I get around to it.

3 stars for Stingers and Strangers by Seanan McGuire:
Read: 11th May 2016
Stingers and Strangers is Seanan McGuire's contribution to the Dead Man's Hand anthology. Fran and Jonathan have now been working together for 3 years (& I have to admit that the jump in the timeline w/>Stingers/>3
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Angela
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Only read Stingers and Strangers by Seanan McGuire.

I'm a little surprised that 3 years have passed since we last saw Jonathan and Fran. But beyond that, this was an awesome story with a lot of fun little glimpses into the further cryptid world and species.

I particularly enjoyed the moments between Fran and Jonathan which seemed to really deepen their relationship.
Molly
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Short and fun, with enough action, humor ... and romance too.

“Very well, then: let me tell you about the Apraxis wasp. First, picture a yellow jacket the size of a shoe.”
“My shoe or yours?” she asked.
“Mine.”
Fran shuddered. “Pictured.”
“Good. Now, give that yellow jacket human intelligence.”
“You’re messin’ with me,” Fran said.”



Three years after their fateful meeting in Tempe, Arizona, Jonathan and Fran are still working together. Their new case takes them (and a bag-full of Aeslin mice) to Boggsville, Colorado ... something is scarring off the dangerous Apraxistoo.
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Steven
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Only read Stingers and Strangers by Seanan McGuire, because INCRYPTID!
Harry Casey-Woodward
This is my introduction to the weird west genre and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover it. The genres of horror, fantasy and sci-fi blend seamlessly with the western in these stories. Admittedly, you could argue that westerns count as fantasy anyway. However, the supernatural elements in these particular Wild West stories have been turned up a notch. You’ve got your typical western characters having to deal with vampires, clockwork robots, giant wasps and people not being dead w ...more
Cathy
I only read Stingers and Strangers by Seanan McGuire. This story is the fourth in a series of short stories about Jonathan Healy and Francis Brown from the author's InCryptid series. A couple have appeared in anthologies, as this one does, and a couple are available for free on the author's website. This story starts 3 years after the last story, in 1931, back on a train headed west and then in a town in Colorado. I don't know, as much as I like the idea of using a common world or series as the foundatio ...more
Jasper
originally posted at: http://thebookplank.blogspot.com/2014...

One sub genre that isn't the mainstream when it comes down to fantasy and science fiction is the western genre. I have come across a few books that do feature some great western stories, those of Joe Abercrombie, Mike Resnick and Guy Adams. Westerns, be it steampunk influenced, classical or with a tinge of science fiction all do pique my interest so when I found out that Titan books was releasing not one but twenty three western stories, be it in a anthology I was
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Blodeuedd Finland
I am going to do this short, because they stories are just that, some very short, and if I say too much, then I have said it all.

Introduction—John Joseph Adams
Now I know what weird western is

The Red-Headed Dead—Joe R. Lansdale
Short story about a priest. Ok but really short.

The Old Slow Man and His Gold Gun From Space—Ben H. Winters
Weird, short and had a nice twist

Hellfire on the High Frontier—David Farland
Maybe they work cos
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Cathy
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Part of Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong. An Otherworld Universe Story: Werewolves in the Wild West. Good story, plot and characters.
Tarl
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: weird-west
Weird West Anthologies are always a kind of mixed bag for me. Sometimes they are the same ol' clichés, while others manage to mix the proper amount of weird westerns so that the reader manages to stay engaged throughout the entire collection.

Dead Man's Hand of one of the latter.
Adams has done a remarkable job bringing a large variety of stories into this collection. There are weird westerns of very genre (ie: steampunk) as well as new and interesting storylines outside of the usual gunslinger clic
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Sophie
"Stingers and Strangers" by Seanan McGuire

This is a good one, y'all. Fran and Jonathan travel to Colorado to find out what's been scaring the giant wasps, and in the process they finally, FINALLY admit their true feelings for each other. Took them long enough! I guess I assumed that they got together after Frances moved in with the Healys, but I find the idea that they've been dancing around the question for THREE YEARS fucking hilarious.

Anyway. Listen, I DON'T LIKE WASPS
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Robin
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book full of shorts. I only read the incrypted, Stingers and Strangers, and while it was good, not quite up to her usual standards.
Casey Hampton
I enjoyed this collection of odd tales from the weird west. It may not have knocked my boots off, but I felt them tugged from time to time. And really, what more can we ask from an anthology.

Stuffed with clockworks, vampires, dinosaurs, and aliens, John Joseph Adams (editor) has wrangled some fun stories. Each author strikes a unique set of harmonics on the scale of voice and tone, and yet the individuality of fellow contributors isn't lost, but rather merged into a larger, primarily
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Wyatt
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

Most of the stories I found interesting and unique. I have been a Weird West fan before it was a "Thing". Steampunk is a fairly new territory for me but I have already found some good books from that Genre.

If you like the Wild West.. read this. If you like Steampunk... read this. If you like horror and sci-fi... read this. If you like weird... read this.

Just... read this!
Benjamin Thomas
I’ve grown to enjoy subject-based genre anthologies, provided I like the underlying subject matter and John Joseph Adams has yet to produce an anthology that I have not admired. This collection is no exception as he has put together a nice assortment of “weird western” short stories, featuring some well-known authors such as Joe R. Lansdale, Mike Resnick, Orson Scott Card, Tad Williams, and Elizabeth Bear as well as others that were new to me. As always, I liked some better than others but there is not a clunker in the bunch. ...more
Bogdan
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, anthology, weird
Like expected mostly nothing out of the ordinary here.

There are some good and engaging story, but not quite enough to really appreciate this kind of stuff. To be frank I was interested mostly for the weird factor...

The Red-Headed Dead: A Reverend Jebediah Mercer Tale by Joe R. Lansdale ...ok... About the hunt for a vampire.

Hellfire On The High Frontier by David Farland... Interesting in the beginning, but not so, after one point.

The Hell-Bound Stagecoach by M
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Chris Bauer
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a shining example of what a great editor, rich material and excellent contributors can do to make an outstanding anthology. The theme of "Weird Westerns" are not done often, but as with this collection, when done right, can be truly outstanding.

The stories run the table from Cthullu mashups to steampunk Westerns and everything in between. Not a single disappointing tale in the anthology.

Fans of virtually any kind of speculative fiction WILL find something to love in the page
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Elizabeth
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
There's no doubt that Adams is a master anthologist- he consistently gets the best and brightest voices in SF/fantasy literature. The stories are usually fresh too- I'll rarely find one or two I've seen elsewhere. This collection, however, fell a little flat. Maybe it was the subject matter- I'm just not that into westerns, even with a twist, and by the end of the anthology I felt tired of it. There's something more, however. The stories didn't feel as transgressive as they usually did for an Ad ...more
Carmen Serra
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Old West Steampunk. Mike Resnik story as always great.
Bea
Stories by Kelley Armstrong, Laura Anne Gilman, Seanan McGuire, and other fantastic authors plus some new authors. I can't wait!
Jo Ann
Just not compelling enough to finish, stories are on the mediocre side. No point wasting any more time here.
Jennifer Lee Rossman
I really enjoyed the stories I enjoyed. There are some really amazing stories in this. But they made up less than half the book. The rest ranged from "meh" to "ew, I'm not reading this."
I'll admit, I'm petty about reading. I see no reason to waste my time on something I am not enjoying, but these are some of the reasons I "noped" out of a story in this book.

-Bad things happen to a horse.
-Character willfully ignores suffering horse.
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Freyavenlyo
I haven't really heard about weird western before. I read Ginn Hale's The Long Past and other stories and found the genre very interesting. And getting this anthology as a present soon after was a stroke of luck.

I rated all the stories individually and the average for this book come up as 3,4 star.

To my favorites I counted "Stingers and Strangers" by Seanan McGuire (5 stars, great world building and main characters), "Second Hand" by Rajan Khanna (4,5 stars, where a deck of card can be used as
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David Cranmer
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dead Man’s Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West opens with “The Red-Headed Dead” and Joe R. Lansdale’s Reverend Mercer clashing with what Hand Editor John Joseph Adams calls in the introduction “a new unholy monster to battle.” With all due respect, that may be an understatement. Our good Reverend, on horseback, is swept down a hill and past a graveyard to a makeshift cabin as the surroundings area is being shredded apart by unhallowed forces. Before Mercer can pause for a breather, a creature t ...more
Kat
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I picked this up in 2016 for the story from Gilman’s Devil’s West series, which was quality as always. I may have thought about giving one of the other stories a try, but didn’t get far, and put it on the not finished shelf. This year I became interested in a story from McGuire’s InCryptid series, and was pleased to discover I’d kept this during my recent downsizing. After finishing McGuire’s excellent story, I took a look at the table of contents, and realized the collection included quite a fe ...more
Emily
This was a really fun read. I got it for the Seanan McGuire story, but all the stories were worth reading. Plucky saloon prostitutes, alien infestations, mythological references, werewolves, time travel—definitely ran the gamut. Settings were fun, too. Very inclusive in terms of race, gender and gender identity, and sexuality too.
Benjamin Kahn
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A fairly solid, fun collection of stories. The majority were excellent, but there were two or three longer stories that went back to back that weren't as interesting and slowed the pace a little. But for the most part, a great collection of Western stories with a twist that kept me interested through the whole book.
Midnight Blue
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best anthologies I've read--mostly because I love stories set in the crazy days of westward expansion and I love all things dark and eerie. This book delivers that in spades....or in aces and eights if you prefer! I have yet to be disappointed by a John Joseph Adams anthology.
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John Joseph Adams is the series editor of BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY. He is also the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, such as ROBOT UPRISINGS, DEAD MAN'S HAND, BRAVE NEW WORLDS,WASTELANDS, and THE LIVING DEAD. Recent and forthcoming books include WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?, OPERATION ARCANA, PRESS START TO PLAY, LOOSED UPON THE WORLD, and THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYC ...more

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